Need More Zoids…

Despite the Top Gun reference, this is decidedly not a post about the famous Tom Cruise film. It is, instead, a piece about my favorite mecha anime – Zoids: Chaotic Century. Part of the reason for this author to revisit Chaotic Century is that the series has a brief cameo in my story “All the … Continue reading Need More Zoids…

Old Art, New Tricks….

…Or are we simply rediscovering tactics our ancestors pioneered at the dawn of human existence? To be perfectly honest, I suspect we are reviving old practices without realizing it. Although Neolithic tribesmen may not have been able to write down numbers, they had to know how to count. If they did not, then how could … Continue reading Old Art, New Tricks….

On the Subject of Prequels: The Bad, the Good, and the Better

Over at Amatopia, Alexander Hellene published this post on a dreaded – and occasionally dreadful – aspect of modern fiction. This is the “prequel,” the story that takes place before the original tale audiences have already come to love. In his article Alex asked whether or not a prequel can do more than take the … Continue reading On the Subject of Prequels: The Bad, the Good, and the Better

A Valuable Study of the Story in Final Fantasy XV

Last year, in “The Importance of Brotherhood in Fiction,” this author referenced an article on SuperversiveSF that discussed Final Fantasy XV, the then-latest release in Square Enix’s game series. Not being much of a video gamer, she knew little about the series or the story and had no interest in pursuing either at the time. … Continue reading A Valuable Study of the Story in Final Fantasy XV

Reposted: Here’s What Happened When I Started Treating Writing Like a Game

I am still on a posting hiatus, readers. Please enjoy Meg Dowell's article. Hopefully it will help you as much as it has helped me! Here’s What Happened When I Started Treating Writing Like a Game I am a completionist. Checklists are pretty much the only way I harness motivation to get things done. If going … Continue reading Reposted: Here’s What Happened When I Started Treating Writing Like a Game